AOL's Seed.com: How much does it pay? Is it a scam?
I was looking through Google News for Examiner.com mentions and found this ABC article called "Earn Cash from Home When You Work with Twitter, AOL and Other Online Companies," which talks about how to earn real money online.
As many Examiner writers know right now, the website has been temporarily removed from Google News while it restructures its local news and national news positions -- and plans to be back in Google's good graces soon. (They are back in Google News! Hallelujah! Forget this Seed.com thing. Okay, kinda kidding -- but they rejected my article below. I may try again.)
In the meantime, it's been one of those great times to stop and have "second cup cafes" with God and figure out what to do with my life and career. More on that soon -- but in the meantime, that ABC piece led me to AOL's new Seed.com, which is not one of the scams the author of that ABC piece found.
So I went over to seed and published my first piece -- here's hoping I get published and paid by AOL:
When I do, you'll know I'll tell my readers how much they paid me.
Update: I'm also following this Work-at-Home Mom's forum about Seed.com -- still trying to find anyone who will publish that Seed.com actually paid them money in their PayPal accounts.
And I gotta admit that Saul Hansell's new blog post about leaving The New York Times to join AOL called "The Seed Creed" has got me hopeful for more Seed money.
Oh yeah, and I clicked on the "Pay Me Now" button and filled out my W-9 info (gotta figure out where to send that) and my PayPal info and such, just to be prepared for the multitude of monies coming in...
So far, I only see a Yahoo Finance piece where they peeked into the Associated Content forums (small online writing world, heh?) to get an idea of what Seed.com may pay writers.
I looked through some of the same AC forum and don't see specifics about those who did get articles accepted by Seed.com and how much they were paid. I do see some people complaining about their work getting rejected for exclusive status (and therefore fell under the non-exclusive, non-paid?) -- but I like to have my own experiences with different online places -- because Examiner.com was a boon for me (paid for my taxes I owe Uncle Sam, praise the Lord!) but to look at the LinkedIn forums, you wouldn't be able to tell that from some of the complainers online.
The Seed.com deal differs on whether AOL accepts the writing or not -- plus the exclusivity chosen.
Either way, it's an interesting venture and I'm hopeful.
We'll see what's what soon.